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What's Next? 10 Tips for Career Changers

Follow these steps to start pursuing your passion

9. Keep your hand out of the cookie jar

Don't dip too deep into your core savings. Of all the mistakes older workers make in launching second careers, this is probably the worst. Would-be entrepreneurs aren't necessarily raiding retirement accounts to launch businesses, but they're tapping home equity and other savings, and that has obvious implications for retirement security.

See also: You call this retirement? Boomers still have work to do

10. Do something every day to work toward your goal

Changing careers can seem overwhelming. Don't struggle to find an ideal starting point or perfect path; that is great advice I gleaned from Clearways Consulting career coach Beverly Jones, a second-acter herself. Once you have some picture of where you want to go, get things moving by taking small steps toward that vision. What really matters is that you do a little something on a regular basis.

Parting thought: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, as the saying goes.

Kerry Hannon, AARP jobs expert, is a career transition expert and an award-winning author. Her books include What's Next? Finding Your Passion and  Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … and Pays the Bills. Follow her on Twitter @kerryhannon.

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